Top Five Big 12 Offensive Linemen

LonghornDigest.com taps the best five offensive linemen in the Big 12 conference.

1) Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma

Maybe the best center in the entire country, the 6-foot-3, 298-pound Ikard has been honored every season since coming out of his redshirt season. As a freshman, Ikard was a freshman All-American and honorable mention All-Big 12. As a sophomore and junior, Ikard was an All-Big 12 first-teamer. Ikard has logged 37 starts in his Oklahoma career, including 15 at left guard before moving to center for his last 22 starts.


2) Cyril Richardson, Baylor

The massive (6-5 335) Richardson is an absolute load at left guard, using his reported 665-pound squat — most on the Baylor team — to open holes and protect Baylor's throwers. Richardson is the rare guard who has started a full season at left tackle. But he found a home at left guard last year, earning first-team All-Big 12 honors and second-team AP All-American mention. Richardson might be the Big 12's best pro prospect along the offensive line.


3) Cornelius Lucas, Kansas State

Lucas showed serious potential last year at left tackle, the result of his fantastic size and length (6-9 328) and quick feet. Lucas is the prototypical Kansas State player — overlooked out of high school, he didn't have any other BCS offers. And after a few years of filling out his frame and playing as a reserve lineman, Lucas exploded onto the scene with a nice year this past season, making first-team All-Big 12.


4) Trey Hopkins, Texas

Hopkins (6-4 300) hasn't been dominant, but neither is he consistently beaten. A solid guard with nice athleticism and intelligence, Hopkins was second-team All-Big 12 last year at left guard. Hopkins filled a need at tackle as a true freshman in his Texas career, but is much more comfortable at guard, where he's well at home as a pulling component in the Longhorns' power game, and as a fluid piece when Texas runs zone.


5) B.J. Finney, Kansas State

Finney would get more credit as an outstanding center if he didn't play in the same league as Ikard. Like his teammate Lucas, the center from Andale wasn't highly recruited. In fact, Finney chose to walk-on at Kansas State over an offer from Ohio. Now, the 6-4, 303-pound Finney is putting his wrestling background to good use. A former state champion wrestler in high school, Finney understands leverage and has started at Kansas State since his redshirt freshman season.


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